Zambia industry group calls for more Chinese investment in agriculture

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-15 22:29:27|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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SOLWEZI, Zambia, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese commercial farmers have been urged to consider exploring opportunities in Zambia's agricultural sector to strengthen and grow the industry, an industry group said on Tuesday.

Mukumbi Kafuta, president of the Northwestern Chamber of Commerce and Industry, called for more Chinese green field investment that will help the country become an agriculture hub and a bread basket for the southern African region.

He said the Chinese are able to invest in various technologies to bring about improved crop cultivation in Zambia especially with the issue of the climate change.

Mukumbi said agricultural industry in Zambia should have various foreign investors for the benefit of the people through job creation.

"With the Chinese work culture, the country will benefit if Chinese set up green field investments in the sector," he said.

On cash crops such as maize, wheat and rice, he said the country should have enough food to export to other neighbouring countries.

He cited Democratic Republic of Congo as being a readily available market for agriculture produce from Zambia.